I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for a while, and usually anticipation can be the kiss of death. I get too excited. Too eager. And more often than not, it doesn’t pay off.
Let’s just get right into this:
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
To which I say: Yaaaassssssss.
What Intrigued Me: Hi, have you met me? Corrupt kingdoms are my catnip. I love betrayal, injustice, deception, cruelty, and rebellion.
*ahem* Reading about. I love reading about. Not a big fan in the real world, but in the fictional one? *grabby hands*
What Hooked Me: The Silvers have superhuman powers. Superhuman. Powers. They are reverse X-men! Instead of being ostracized for their abilities, the Silvers are the oppressors. It’s like if Magneto’s plans for world domination actually succeeded!
Granted, the Silvers are not nice people (generally). So, like evil X-men. A world of Magnetos. Again, I wouldn’t want to live there, but I sure as hell want to read about it.
What Made Me Fall In Love: One of my fiction pet peeves, something that usually turns me off from a book, is love triangles. I have never understood them, never seen one pulled off in a way that makes sense to me, and tend to cringe from the wishy-washy logic of, “but I love them both. Equally.”
Just doesn’t work for me.
Red Queen has a love triangle. One that is not balanced and completely makes sense to me. It works. The story wouldn’t be the same without it. And I…love it.
*Grudgingly eats crow*
So I am amending my belief that love triangles are silly and unnecessary. That they don’t work. Clearly, they do. Red Queen is the proof.
But only the really, really, really screwed up ones.
Red Queen is available from Amazon and your local renegade bookstore. Pick up a copy before the uprising!
*cough* What? No. I didn’t say uprising. I said, um…